About Mike

Mike Lewis, the son of a professional drummer, got his first drum set at age three, started playing in clubs by age ten, had newspaper articles written about him by age eleven, toured the states by age sixteen, and graduated from Musicians Institute’s drum program in Hollywood with honors at age twenty one.

Mike spent several years touring across the lower forty eight states, as well as Alaska and Hawaii, performing in rock, funk, dance, alternative, disco, and 80s, bands. He also spent two years touring internationally, with stops in Hong Kong, the Philippines, and Indonesia. In addition to his rigorous touring schedule, he also found time to record drums on various projects, and recently wrapped up a 4 year run on the Disneyland show the Mad T Party.

His style combines musical versatility, pocket groove playing, steady meter with or without a click (metronome), double bass techniques, and a highly entertaining visual performance that makes him a crowd favorite everywhere he performs.

Mike lists among his influences: John Bonham, Tommy Aldridge, Neil Peart, Ian Paice, and hundreds of others. Mike’s formal training was under the leadership of: Joe Porcaro (studio drummer), Casey Scheurell (Jean Luc Ponty), Doanne Perry (Jethro Tull), Gregg Bissonette (David Lee Roth, Ringo Starr), Ralph Humphrey (Frank Zappa), Efrain Toro (Tito Puente), and many others.

Mike has taught drums on and off for 30 years and really enjoys teaching young aspiring drummers and sharing his vast knowledge and experience. He currently teaches at Rockstars of Tomorrow at their Norco and Chino Hills, California locations.

Mike also performs about 100 gigs per year in the #1 GigMasters cover rock band from Orange County CA, The Trip, writes drum articles for Yamaha Music USA, and records drums for various projects.

If you are interested in having Mike to do some recording for you, please reach out to him thru the Contact page. You can check out a few recent songs he has recorded drums on in the Audio page.

Mike endorses:

Yamaha Acoustic and Electronic Drums
Sabian Cymbals
Aquarian Drumheads
AXIS Percussion
Vater Drumsticks
SKB Cases
Randall May International Internal Mic’ing System


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